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Sonoma County Music Picks this April

Musicians performing at the Green Music Center in Sonoma County

There is a reason that Earth Day is celebrated during the month of April. Blooming trees, vineyards, farmer’s markets, outdoor acoustic music, and gorgeous weather showcase the best of Sonoma County in springtime.

The Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival and Parade is at the end of April with the parade on Saturday, and a Blues Music Explosion on Sunday. Gloria Ferrer Winery and Iron Horse Vineyards are both kicking off sparkling wine season with bubbly events for Earth Day, with live music, wine and local eats.

Here are some more highlights for live music in Sonoma County this April:

McKenna Faith and Pat Jordan Band at the Battle of the Brews

Saturday, April 8 - Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, 1 p.m.

The Battle of the Brews is officially turning 21 this year, and they are celebrating with two performances by Sonoma County favorites. The Pat Jordan Band will be getting the party started during the Craft Cup and Sandwich Showdown, highlighting the most delicious sandwiches from local chefs. 

McKenna Faith, a country music singer/songwriter from Ukiah will bring her high-energy performance to the Main Event, featuring a variety of premier micro-breweries from around the country, including local breweries; 101 North Brewing Company, Carnero’s Brewing Company, Sonoma Springs, Petaluma Hills and more.

All proceeds go directly to helping children in need in Sonoma County. More info.

Disney's Choo-Choo Soul With Genevieve!

Saturday, April 8 - Weill Hall, Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, 12 p.m.

Young kids and the young at heart will enjoy the Green Music Center’s live performance from Disney’s hit TV show Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve! The singing conductor Genevieve and her beatboxing and breakdancing DC will perform their funky hip-hop renditions of the ABC’s and 1-2-3’s. Kids under 3 years old are free. More info.

Astronaut Lullabies Planetarium Concert

Sunday, April 9 - Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, 3 p.m.

If you are looking for an unexpected experience, grab tickets to the Santa Rosa Junior College’s multi-sensory planetarium show. Sonoma County singer-songwriters Jim & Kathy Ocean will perform their collection of science and astronomy songs while visitors gaze at the stars in the indoor planetarium at the SRJC. Find out more.

Kip Moore

Wednesday, April 26 - Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, 8 p.m.

Kip Moore has built one of country music's most loyal audiences in the United States. Armed with a live show that is caught somewhere between blue-collar country music and stadium-sized rock and roll, he is making his Luther Burbank Center debut this April. Don’t miss out: more details.

Reverend Horton Heat & Dale Watson

Wednesday, April 26 - HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol, 8pm

Jim Heath (Reverend Horton Heat) & Dale Watson (Dale Watson & His Lone Stars) have teamed up to bring their original Texas bad-ass music to small intimate venues across America, and thankfully they are coming to Sonoma County. Fans will enjoy a good time and learn about the stories behind the songs. Check out the Facebook page.

Tickets for the Petaluma Music Festival just went on sale, with ticket prices going up on May 1st. The Chris Robinson Brotherhood are headlining, with a full lineup of bluegrass and rock bands taking the stage. All proceeds benefit the music education programs of the Petaluma area public schools. It is a kid-friendly event, with lots to do for the whole family. Kids 12 and under are free.

Search for more spring live music, wine, and food events that you'll love in Sonoma County.

Written by Sonoma Insider Shana Bull.

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